Saudi Tourism Officials Eye $20b Investment for Al-Ula, with Roadshow Planned for This Year – Report

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A recent report in Reuters revealed Saudi Arabia's big ambitions for Al-Ula, in the northwestern corner of the kingdom that was a key site for an ancient civilization and is near to the future planned city NEOM.

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MSCI Inclusion

Landmark for Saudi stocks as index providers become kingmakers

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Secretary of State

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Misk Accelerator

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Saudi Football

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